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A few months ago, I was walking down Chiswick High Road feeling a bit fed up with myself. My workload was pretty heavy and I hadn’t made time to get to any exercise classes. Lack of workouts tend to send me into a downward spiral when it comes to my mood and what I eat. In fact, my diet has been pure pants…No, no, no…I haven’t been surviving on a strict diet of Y-fronts and boxers but ‘pants’ as in ‘rubbish’ i.e., pizza, crisps, chocolate, bread, and more chocolate. Really, there has been no holds barred when it comes to carbs and sugar.

I was having a little Monday morning chat with my friend Dorota from Hypoxi – you know I love it there – click HERE to find out why.  And she said, ‘you’re so easy to talk to, why don’t you do YouTube.’ YouTube?! (insert horror face emoji here) me? 50 year old non-stop natterer who forgets what she was talking about mid-sentence (thanks menopause) and whose train of thought is as messy and disorganised as my kitchen cupboards (Stressed Husband will vouch for that as he’s always getting bonked on the head by a random falling can of beans or loaf of bread whenever he ventures near.) So, basically, with my level of forgetfulness and scatty-ness, I laughed at Dorota’s suggestion. Obviously…

Then I went and did it! I just made a really badly lit, badly scripted (there was no script) video all about my favourite beauty bits that I’m using at the moment. Basically, I came back from the dog walk and plonked my camera up on a shoebox at the dining room table aka my office and chatted a bit about why I love the products I’m using at the moment. So, what I’m trying to say is – I felt the fear and did it anyway!

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Before I get trolled or laughed off the blogosphere and YouTube-sphere (eh?) please cut me some slack – I thought the best way to start even thinking about doing videos and making them look all sleek and professional is just to jump in and lose my vlog-ginity – so I did. Remember, be kind!

The products that I spoke about in this vid really are fabulous, so do check them out and click on the names below to see where you can find out more and purchase them.

Also, don’t be alarmed – if I decide to carry on vlogging I promise I will make it more pro-looking and I will comb my hair. Oh, and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel (never thought I’d hear me saying that!)

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush, £16.50

No7 Lash Extender Mascara, £10

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50+, £30

Primark PS Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon, £2

Laura Geller Nude Kisses Lip Hugging Lip Gloss, £16

Remember when your gran used to say ‘ooh, time flies by!’ well, I’m with gran because 2017 has honestly been the swiftest year for me so far. I really hope they do start slowing down a bit now I’m 50. Yes, I know they are all actually 365 days a year and all the days have 24 hours in them, but that doesn’t explain why yesterday it was August and today it’s nearly the end of blooming December! Anyway, enough of the pondering, I’m giving a big shout out to the things that have made a positive difference in my life over the last year and I hope you enjoy my little trip down memory lane with my top 5 Glow Givers of 2017…